Super Challenge – A Film In An Evening

One evening, two teams, a brace of video cameras, a heap of props, and a bunch of ideas.
Your challenge, should you accept it, is to…make a short film!

The Lad with the Lamp!

The Lad with the Lamp!

Fear Stalks OVFM

Fear Stalks OVFM

With a maximum of two hours available and the clock already ticking the pressure was on and there was no time for the normal club niceties…except who wants tea and who wants coffee? And oh yes should we open another packet of custard creams or will the rich teas, jammy dodgers and chocolate digestives suffice? A point of order was raised on the unsuitabilty of custard creams as a dunking biscuit. A heated debate ensued but after twenty minutes it was agreed by a small majority that the packet would be opened but the dunkers in the party were welcome to select an alternative biscuit for their own needs. Phew! With that delicate matter resolved it was down to business.
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Reg Loves A Red Head

Reg Loves A Red Head

Misery Thy Name Is Waiting Room

Misery Thy Name Is Waiting Room

With little over ninety minutes remaining the pressure was REALLY on now (it’s exciting isn’t it!) and doubts were raised on the wisdom of the challenge by a rogue group of dissenters. ‘Not enough time’ they chorused (in four part harmony and with surprizing tunefulness. Mmm, me thinks, perhaps at long last the time has come to form the OVFM Choral Ensemble and realize my ambition of having the only world class singing amateur film making club in the South East. Oh how I’ve dreamed of that moment!

'Where Did You Get Those Hats where did you get those hats?'

‘Where Did You Get Those Hats where did you get those hats?’

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Where was I? Oh yes time is ticking. And with the dissenters put in a sound proof room with nothing but a piano, a stack of sheet music and a pot noodle for company it was on with the challenge.

'And This is how you do the Mashed Potato'

‘And This is how you do the Mashed Potato’

Give Us A Hand!

Give Us A Hand!

First to the brainstorming and after an intense session involving flip charts and Powerpoint it was decided that the first team would be called A and the second B. Some voices were heard to mumble that this archaic nomeclature smacked of inequality, and suggested both teams be known as A, but they were silenced on threat of being thrown to the choir, that soon shut them up! And so it was Team A and Team B were formed and dispersed to their respective studios.
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Are YOU the Stig?

Are YOU the Stig?

With sixty solid minutes of hard graft under their belts everyone was gagging for a brew so we took a refreshment break, during which the conversation naturally turned to how nice it was to belong to a club that really does things.

Moving Pictures! What will they think of next?

Moving Pictures! What will they think of next?

Thirty minutes later we all got down to business, again, and a good seven minutes of full on film making took place, including six minutes discussion on exactly who should direct and whether Alfred Hitchcock appeared in ALL his movies or only some. Before the question could be resolved or a re-take staged, proceedings had to be reluctantly brought to a conclusion as time was sadly up and the mountain of unused props and equipment had to be packed away.
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As the weary gaggle of club members wended their way home there was a palpable air of satisfaction for a job well done and a highly productive evening.
‘I do believe’ I heard one say ‘We must have at least 17 seconds of footage in the can. That must surely be a record.’

And what of these “films”? Well as Chairman I make a solemn vow that they will be banished to the OVFM vault where they will forever remain locked away from view…or maybe they’ll get shown at the next meeting, whatever!

Simon (make mine a chocolate digestive) Earwicker

4 comments on “Super Challenge – A Film In An Evening”

  1. Deborah

    Reg, you really rock 🙂 your character looks menacing in a cheeky sort of way.

  2. Freddy

    Could I suggest a stop-motion version of your photos Simon – sorry that I couldn’t take part

    • Simon

      Hi Freddy
      We greatly missed your towering acting ability and your imaginative way with a wig!

      Just think you could have been Anna Karenina to Reg’s Ivan the Terrible or Elizabeth Taylor to his Richard Burton…or if you prefer on the stop motion theme, Wallace to his Gromit!

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